December 3, 2021

California Drought: Here’s a look back at ABC7’s five-part special in 1977

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — It is not a shock that California has fallen into a good deeper drought.

Final month, 50 of 58 counties in the state have been declared a part of a drastic “drought emergency” by Governor Gavin Newsom.

However historical past has a manner of repeating itself. Historical past has a manner of repeating itself. Are you aware—or bear in mind when— California went by a historic drought of its personal in the late Seventies?

In July 1977, ABC7 produced a five-part week-long sequence that seemed into the state’s drought between 1976 and 1977, and its current and future influence on the Bay Space and past.

Former ABC7 Meteorologist Pete Giddings reported on the disaster.

Half One

  • How the drought is hurting the Bay Space and the way persons are residing with much less water
  • Giddings spoke to Bay Space farmers and the way having much less water now can price shoppers more cash down the road, not simply on water, however milk, meat and greens, too
  • “We’ve been talking about the drought for a long time, and we know it’s the worst one in recorded history,” Giddings stated.

    “Right now at Crystal Springs, where I’m standing, I would be burred underneath 12 to 15 feet of water had this been a normal year. Instead, what do we have? Sunbaked unwatered soil,” he stated.

    Half Two

  • How individuals discovered options utilizing little or no
  • Marin County trusted the rain to get its ingesting water, particularly from the Nicasio Reservoir. However because of one of many driest months in recorded historical past, residents have been inspired to preserve water inside their house.

    Wanda Burgess from Marin County used a pump for her laundry and backyard.

    Additionally, county residents have been informed to not run wasteful water exterior of their house or would face a fantastic.

    Within the South Bay, residents had to determine methods to survive since some mountains had no water.

    “Well probably most people don’t appreciate what a precious commodity it is, as I never have before,” stated Janice Sands, whose properly ran dry in the South Bay mountains.

    “And when I’m visiting friends in town and see them leaving their tap on, I’m the first one to reach over and turn it off. Even though in their case, it’s not a problem yet, but could be,” she stated.

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    Half Three

    How a lot is it going to price us to get atone for the lack of water because of the drought? How a lot will it price to dig up a properly?

    Half 4

    Statistically, the 1977 winter season could possibly be simply as dry because the winter earlier than. The Bay Space might probably face hazard with its water provide because the Hetch-Hetchy system, a water provider for the San Francisco Bay Space, noticed a 48 p.c stage in water versus its regular 90 p.c.

    This report additionally seemed into the water risks of each the Marin municipal water district and the East Bay municipal utility districts in addition to Santa Clara County.

    Half 5

    The ultimate report in this special Pete Giddings went round his house to show how one can preserve water in California’s drought.

    On this version of “From The Archive,” we revisit the one of many driest durations in California’s historical past in the 1976-1977 season.

    You possibly can watch extra tales on the “ABC7 Bay Area” app on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fireplace and Android TV in the “From The Archive” part.